True to its tag line, Kawasaki has “Let the good times roll” into India. The Japanese motorcycle giant today launched two new superbikes, the Z1000 and the Ninja 1000, in the country.
The 2014 Kawasaki Z1000, which made its global debut earlier this year, is a naked superbike that features Kawasaki’s radical new design language, termed ‘Sugomi’, Japanese for ‘shocking’. Take one look at the bike and you’ll understand why it was named so. The Z1000 is powered by a 1043cc in-line four cylinder engine that outputs 140 bhp @ 10,000 rpm and 111 Nm torque @ 7300 rpm, and comes fitted with an aluminium twin-tube frame, Tokico Monobloc front brake calipers, adjustable Showa Big-Piston fork front suspension and a fully-adjustable monoshock at the rear. The bike comes equipped with ABS as standard.
The Kawasaki Ninja 1000 on the other hand is a sport tourer, equipped with an aerodynamic full-fairing that features styling cues similar to the Ninja 650R. Mechanically, the Ninja 1000 is similar to the Z1000, sharing the same engine and the aluminium twin-tube frame. Along with ABS, the Ninja also comes with switchable power modes and Kawasaki’s acclaimed traction control system, all as standard.
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Both the Kawasaki Z1000 and Ninja 1000 are priced identically, at Rs 12.5 lakh (Ex-showroom, Pune). While the Z1000 is priced on par with its competitors here, the Ninja 1000 represents better value for money, as it is the least expensive fully-faired litre-class bike currently available in India, and comes loaded with a host of electronic rider aids as standard.
Kawasaki is rapidly expanding its operations here in India. The launch of the Z1000 and the Ninja 1000 extends Kawasaki’s India line-up to a total of six bikes, with five of them launched in 2013. The company is in the process of opening standalone showrooms in major cities across the country, aiming to sell 1000 bikes in 2014, and gain a substantial share in the segment by 2015. With a range as impressive and diverse as Kawasaki's, this certainly seems achieveable.